Meet Our Clergy

The Rev. Peter T. Vanderveen
610-525-2486 ext. 17


Peter Vanderveen

Peter T. Vanderveen was the rector of Saint Ann’s Church, Old Lyme, Connecticut for fourteen years. Prior to this call, he served parishes as an assistant rector in Chatham, Massachusetts, and as a curate in Branford, Connecticut. Born in 1961, Peter was raised in Michigan, educated in schools operated by the Christian Reformed Church, and his family attended worship at the United Church of Christ (Congregational, or UCC). While he was in graduate school seeking a Masters of Divinity degree, he was hired as a singer in an Episcopal parish. Within the year, he was confirmed as an Episcopalian and soon began the ordination process within the Diocese of Connecticut. Peter received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Michigan with a major in philosophy, and holds an M. Div. from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He is an avid reader in both philosophy and theology, and believes parishes should demand, as they deserve, leaders who are committed to a deeply thoughtful exposition of Christian faith and life.

Within the Diocese of Connecticut, Peter served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY). He is an instructor in philosophical theology for the Ministry Exploration and Education Program, which is a concentrated, two-year preparatory course of study for persons considering ordained ministry. He teaches systematic theology for those in training for the vocational deaconate. At the national church level, Peter is a reader for the General Board of Examining Chaplains.

Peter is married to Patricia Bennett, a journalist, former ECY board member, and adjunct professor in media history at Quinnipiac University in New Haven. They have two adult daughters who reside in Boston. The elder, Roysin Bennett Younkin, is an architectural historian. Their younger daughter, Alexis, is a graduate student in interior design.

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The Rev. Jo Ann B. Jones
Associate Rector
610-525-2486, ext. 16

Jo Ann Jones

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Jo Ann Jones first attended St. James Episcopal Church where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended Baltimore Friends School, from which she graduated in 1969. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College in 1973 and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976.

Her professional positions include Office of Area (later Regional) Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Philadelphia; an associate at Pohoryles and Greenstein in Washington, D.C; Philadelphia Law Department; General Counsel to the Philadelphia Housing and District of Columbia Housing Authority; AssistantGeneral Counsel for Drexel University. She served on the boards of several non-profits and Executive Director of MANNA. In February of 2007, she joined the Nutter for Mayor and later the Nutter Administration as Deputy Director, Office of Housing and Community Development.

A longtime member of The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, she has served as Rector’s Warden, member of the Vestry, chairing the Evangelism and Stewardship Committees; the Altar Guild and Chancel Choir; delegate to Diocesan Conventions. Ms. Jones was a member of the Standing Committee (2009-2014) and its secretary (2013-2014). She has also represented the Diocese as a Lay Deputy to General Convention from 1997 to 2015 and has chaired two legislative committees on behalf of the House of Deputies: Social and Urban Affairs (2006) and Congregational Vitality (2015).

Retiring from the City of Philadelphia in 2014, Ms. Jones became a postulant in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and graduated from The General Theological Seminary on May 17, 2017 and was ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 17 and to the priesthood on December 16, 2017..

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The Rev. Michael A. Palmisano
Associate Rector
610-525-2486 ext. 13

Michael Palmisano

Michael was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area. He was baptized, confirmed, and married at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania. He received his A.B. degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2013, and his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Pastoral Caregiving from Villanova University in 2015. He received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2019.

Prior to seminary, Michael served as a mental health therapist in a juvenile detention center in Audubon, PA and as a mobile therapist throughout Montgomery County.

Michael began to realize a call to ministry while in college through participation in a student-led Bible discussion group, and he has been active in youth faith formation throughout his time at Villanova and Virginia Seminary. He has a passion for biblical studies and Christian formation across all ages.

Michael and his wife Theresa married in 2017. The two of them met while they competed on the Track & Field team at Princeton University. Running continues to be an important part of their lives. While in seminary Michael served as assistant cross country and track coach at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA.

Meet Our Program Staff

Michael Diorio, DM
Organist/Director of Music
610-525-2486 ext. 22

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Michael Diorio

As an organist and choral conductor Michael Diorio has performed throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria, where he was presented with a citation by the Mayor of Innsbruck for an outstanding public performance at the Jesuiten Kirche. 

A New Jersey native, Dr. Diorio received his Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, studying under Professor Eugene Roan. He earned his Master of Music and Diploma in organ from the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he studied with Dr. Martin Jean. At Boston University, where he was a pupil of organist James David Christie, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance, summa cum laude. He has studied organ improvisation with David Hurd, Bill Porter, and Stefan Engels. 

Dr. Diorio’s musicological studies led to his creation of a first edition of the Messa Hyemalis in A by Mannheim School composer Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789), which is published by the German firm Carus-Verlag of Stuttgart. The edition received its American premiere at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, by John Scott and the St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, and its European premiere at the Strasbourg Cathedral in France. His choral compositions may be found at Paraclete Press, Church Music Publishing, and GIA publications.

Presently, Dr. Diorio is in his 13th season as Organist & Director of Music at Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, where he oversees a comprehensive choral and music program. He has served Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and has served on the faculties of both The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr and The Lawrenceville School.

Tory Kline Dunkle, MTS
Director of Children's Ministries
610-525-2486 ext. 20

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Tory Dunkle

Originally from rural central Pennsylvania, Tory Kline Dunkle has lived and worked in the greater Philadelphia since enrolling in Eastern University in 2003. Upon graduation, she began her career in early child development and education working in the Education departments at Please Touch Museum and Delaware Children’s Museum. It was during her time at Delaware Children’s that she began to discern her call to apply what she had learned in the children’s museum world to children’s ministry. To that end, she enrolled in a Master’s of Theology degree with a concentration in Children’s Ministry, at Palmer Theological Seminary in St. Davids. Since graduating in 2014, Tory has Children’s Ministries Director at Manheim Brethern in Christ Church in Manheim, before returning to Church of the Redeemer as Director of Children’s Ministries in March 2016.

Jay Einspanier
Parish Administrator
610-525-2486 ext. 21

Jay Einspanier

Jay joined the staff at Church of the Redeemer in August of 2007. Prior to his arrival, he served as a business executive with more than 30 years’ experience in both large corporate settings and small start-up divisions. With a background in operations and marketing, he has led service delivery teams, developed and managed national accounts, and has built a national sales group. He describes himself as “an entrepreneurial individual with strong strategic planning skills and the ability to work effectively across organizational lines.” Jay earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Wharton; he has worked in the health care service industry, as a management consultant, and spent 13 years with the Aramark Corporation in a variety of executive positions. He has served since 2003 as an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University, teaching graduate level marketing courses. Jay and his family are active parishioners at St. Thomas of Villanova Roman Catholic Church.

Ken Garner
Director of Communications & Stewardship
610-525-2486 ext. 19

Ken Garner

Ken came to us in July 2004 from St. Paul’s Church in Chestnut Hill, where he served for many years as Parish Administrator. Ken has long experience in non-profit administration and development. He both created and initiated the ministries in this new position, through a generous anonymous donation to further the implementation of our strategic plan. Ken is primarily responsible for the oversight of all parish communications (publications, service media, website, publicity, social media) and works closely with the Stewardship Committee, the vestry, and the rector to deepen and strengthen our understanding of stewardship and increase parish giving.

Ken is also an accomplished professional singer and he is a long-time member of the all-professional The Philadelphia Singers and a staff singer here at The Redeemer. He also appears regularly as soloist with regional performing ensembles and recently soloed with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ken lives in Philadelphia with his long-time partner (since 1980) and now husband (since September 14, 2014) Bob Mikrut who is a costume designer/constructor and is Verger here at The Redeemer and a Fellow of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church. Ken & Bob share their lives with two wonderful golden retrievers: Dorabella and Despina (aka Dora & Desi from Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte).

Francesca Merritt
Program Assistant
610-525-2486 ext. 14  

Office Hours
Mondays-Thursdays 9am-2pm

Fran Merritt

Francesca was born and raised in New Jersey and served as a church cantor and song leader in churches of all denominations since the age of 16. She went on to study music and biology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After graduation, she performed in operas at the regional level in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In conjunction with her singing, Francesca maintained a busy professional life in the corporate arena and worked in the pharmaceutical field for more than 10 years. Francesca switched her career focus after her son, Augustine, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. She began to work in the areas of advocacy, community wellness, and outreach in the state of Pennsylvania and at her hometown church, The First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne. Francesca coordinates weddings, baptisms, and funerals and supports the staff and clergy with special projects.

Paulo Reyes
610-525-2486 ext. 18 

Paulo Reyes

Paulo Reyes is orignally from Monterry, Mexico. He is a graduate of the State University in Monterrey with a degree in Communication Sciences and Graphic Arts. He relocated to Pennsylvania in 1999 and became an United States citizen. He joined the staff at The Redeemer in November of 2001.

As Sexton at Redeemer, he provides assistance for functions and services and support to staff, clergy and parishioners and oversees the housekeeping staff.

Before coming to Redeemer, he worked as a quality control machine operator for AGS Sea food Co. in salmon packing and cannery in Ketchikan, Alaska and as an assembling electronic operator for MARS Electronic International.

He is an active advocate for the Hispanic Community in Kennett Square, PA for the Migrant Ministries of Chester County.

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Betsy Wolford
Parish Accountant
610-525-2486 ext. 11

Office Hours
Mondays 9am-5pm
Wednesdays 9am-5pm

Betsy Wolford

Betsy Wolford is originally from Pennington, NJ, graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA and currently lives in Malvern. Since 1990, she has been married to Mike Wolford, Director of Operations at the Episcopal Cathedral in Philadelphia. They have a fifteen-year old daughter, Molly, a sophomore and avid field hockey player at Great Valley High School. Mike and Betsy were both received into the Episcopal Church in 1993 at Christ Church in Reading, PA after being raised Lutheran and Byzantine Catholic, respectively. They have been members of Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli since 1998.

For 18 years, Betsy was engaged in software support for commercial lending at Meridian Bank and corporate accounting at Vanguard. She was the Accounting Manager at St. David’s in Wayne for 3 and 1/2 years before forming an LLC to provide accounting services to multiple churches in our diocese. Betsy is currently the Parish Accountant at Good Samaritan, St. Martin’s in Chestnut Hill, the Philadelphia Cathedral, and also provides accounting services to the Keystone State Boychoir/Pennsylvania Girlchoir based in Germantown.